Netherlands-based power provider Eneco and Japanese multinational company Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) are planning to install a 48 MW lithium-ion storage system in Germany. The 50 MWh battery would be the largest of its kind in Europe, the two companies said in a press release.
The EnspireME storage system, which is expected to store additional capacity for the primary electricity balancing market, will be installed in the municipality of Jardelund, in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein, close to the border with Denmark and near to a high-voltage station.
In the region, there is strong electricity production from both off-shore and on-shore wind power stations. The project, which is being supported by the regional government of Schleswig-Holstein, is aimed at helping local wind power producers manage their electricity surplus and deliver power to the grid when attractive prices are available.
NEC Energy Solutions is providing the battery system, the energy conversion system and the control system for the project. The storage system is scheduled to come online by the end of 2017.
Kees-Jan Rameau, Chief Strategic Growth Officer Eneco Group, stressed that the project goes in two directions: on the one hand it provides intelligent coordination of power supply and demand, on the other hand it also makes possible a good combination of small and large storage systems.